The Washington Post, one of the nation’s most respected and influential newspapers, has been a leading voice on this, our issue. In October 2019, the Post solicited an op-ed from me. Then came back-to-back board editorials. The first, in January 2020, inched ever so close to the abolitionist position: “We…think animal rights activists make a powerful case that the fundamental problem is with horse racing itself. … It is long past time to…answer the question of whether a sport that gambles with the lives of horses – animals we profess to love – has a place in the modern world.” The second, just two months later, left no doubt.
Now, longtime columnist Jennifer Rubin has joined an ever-growing list of compassionate, forward-thinking journalists who have come to see horseracing for what it is. Sunday, among her holiday-gift suggestions, Ms. Rubin proposed we give our equine friends something so simple yet so profound: “an end to horse racing.” Thank you, Ms. Rubin. Thank you.